Friday, November 12, 2010

Paris, day 4 - Lafayette and home

Last morning in Paris. Went for a stroll around the Galeries Lafayette – a huge shop with the most beautiful Art Deco glass dome in the middle (dating from 1912)
as well as the biggest Christmas tree we’d ever seen!
The other huge department store (next door) is Printemps - thought the building was very pretty.
As, of course, is the building for which the district is named: the Opéra.
Then Chloe and I begged to have a wander round the food department at Galeries Lafayette (just think Harrods' or Selfridges' food department).
After that, we took a leisurely stroll back to the hotel, past the very nice patisserie on the Champs Elysées
and stopped off at a café on the way.
We checked out, and headed for the Gare du Nord. We’re clearly getting used to the Metro as it didn’t take us as long as it did on the first day. Had lunch at a brasserie in the station, then went through border control.

Then back to London, dinner at the station, and a longish journey home (problems due to a failure by an earlier train).

Good to be home, of course – but I absolutely adored Paris. If I lived in London, I would do day trips over, I really would – it’s a beautiful city with lovely people.

4 comments:

Catherine J said...

You could be a Par-don, Kate; one of those lucky women who lives life flitting between Paris and London!

(No, I didn't make it up - there's an article about them in November's Marie-Claire - really!)

Thanks for sharing your photos. I feel like I've been on a virtual mini-break (with virtual vertigo).

Cx

Katie said...

Love those Christmas trees!
And thanks for taking us on a tour of Paris - it's been great.

Lacey Devlin said...

The Christmas decorations are amazing!

Shirley Wells said...

A day trip to Paris. Oh my, that would be bliss.

Lovely pics again. Thanks for sharing!